'Anger Management' on FX Most-Watched Scripted Comedy Primetime Premiere in Cable History

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June 29th, 2012

The 9pm episode of Anger Management  drew a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating and the 9:30p episode averaged a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating (the highest-rated show for the night with adults 18-49 on all of TV, broadcast or cable.)  Over 45% of those polled predicted the premiere would do better than a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and they were correct!

via press note:

Last night’s series debut of Anger Management (9P) was the most-watched scripted comedy primetime series premiere in cable history in delivery of Adults 18-49 (2.65 million), and Total Viewers (5.47 million, excluding children’s programming). It also ranks as the most-watched series premiere in FX history in Total Viewers. Episode 2 of Anger Management (9:30P) grew to 5.74 million Total Viewers, and the demo also grew in the second half hour to 2.89 million A18-49.

The Season 2 premiere of Wilfred and Season 3 premiere of Louie posted significant growth over their prior season averages – (Wilfred +71% and Louie+55% in Total Viewers). Last night’s season 2 premiere of Wilfred delivered 2.53 million Total Viewers and 1.5 million Adults 18-49 (Wilfred Season 1 averages were 1.48 million Total Viewers and 973,000 Adults 18-49) Last night’s season 3 premiere of Louie delivered 1.43 million Total Viewers and 911,000 Adults 18-49 (Louie Season 2 averages were 923,000 Total Viewers and 647,000 Adults 18-49)

Last night’s season premieres for both of those series were the second highest-rated episodes in their history and will likely be their highest-rated episodes ever when Live+7 data is available in three weeks.

And the series premiere of FX’s new late night comedy BrandX with Russell Brand got off to a good start in the 11P time slot with 1.1 million Total Viewers and 687,000 Adults 18-49, which marked respective increases of +32% and +38% vs. FX time-period average.

(Source: The Nielsen Company, Live+Same Day, Fast Nationals, subject to change)


  • Lulu

    It was not great but it was good for a quite classical sitcom, great chemistry between the cast, could be more daring of course (it is FX come on) but it is enjoyable anyway and it boost Louie and Wilfred ratings so win win..as for the reviews it is above all people who bash Sheen the real life ‘public’ persona and don’t even try to be objective about his work..pathetic.

  • Kevinusa USAforever

    Maybe i am going to watch the show now, i have just seen a clip when charlie sheen was on jimmy fallon and was kinda happy that it was multi camera and not another one of those boring and stale single camera shows.

    Now, this was the premiere, last man standing had a 3.6 in the premiere and then fell to a 2.5, even though the some episodes are better than most other shows. So next weeks ratings will show the more real strength of the show.

    If it stays on these ratings, maybe NBC should have picked it up, would be their highest rated comedy.

  • Riff Rafferty

    The pilot was perfectly dreadful. The second episode was a big improvement, largely thanks to Kerri Kenney. Charlie’s still got it, at least, even if half the cast sucks and he has no chemistry with most of them.

    I wish it were a better show because I wanted it to be good. The best thing about it? It pissed off a certain femin@zi slob cridiotic who ranted and raved about how “sexist” it is. (I don’t even need to mention her by name, you know who I mean. The one who, judging by her photos, hasn’t touched a hairbrush or a bra since the 1970s.)

  • Maurice 33

    AM had the best pilot I ever seen it wasn’t even really a pilot it was like an episode in season 2. The second episode was better and it clearly showed in the ratings.

    I still can’t believe no broadcasters picked it up as this would’ve been a bigger hit than Two and a Half Men ever was.

    NBC should’ve still picked this up more than any other network they need star power and it needs to be in a multi-cam not a single-cam like the one Matthew Perry is doing.

  • USAmerica1st

    Wow, impressive! Let’s see if it has staying power.

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